Abundance of Ideas at Repeated Tenders Workshops

February 24, 2017

Wet Tropics Cane Farm

As the first round application deadline for Reef Trust Repeated Tenders nears, Terrain staff are providing one-on-one application support to interested growers. This project is supported by the Australian Government's Reef Trust funding. 

Large turnouts at detail workshops in Wet Tropics cane growing districts indicated the strong interest growers have in transforming their nitrogen reduction ideas into practice.

The detail sessions were held in Mossman, Gordonvale, Tully, Mourilyan and Ingham. Sessions support growers to understand the technicalities and the work involved as part of the application process. CSIRO’s Tony Webster, a research agronomist with 20 years’ experience working in cropping agronomy, demonstrated how to use the nitrogen calculator, presenting a ‘mock auction’ and displaying how the calculator serves to break down all the information the grower enters on their nitrogen use into an (end result) actual bid.

Terrain staff discussed eligibility criteria, baseline information and demonstrated mapping requirements as well as answering general questions and providing more detail about the broader program. 

Reef Trust Tenders Project Manager, Fiona Barron, said the keen interest is a good indication that we can expect even greater participation and uptake in further rounds. “The nature of reverse auction tenders means that people often wait to see the outcome of the first round, before they put their hand up, and subsequent rounds are more heavily subscribed. Potential applicants have been very interested to know what management approaches other growers have implemented,” she said. To find out more about practice changes undertaken by these farmers, you can read our case studies here.

“There is a lot of flexibility in the reverse auction tender. The freedom to choose which management practices to implement, to suit each grower’s unique circumstances, has shown to be a very attractive proposal,” said Fiona. “Less prescriptive really opens up the practical possibilities for transforming an abundance of ideas around improved nitrogen management, into practice change.

Non binding expressions of interest for the first round of Reef Trust Repeated Tenders are now closed, and Tender applications close 2pm AEST on the 6th March.

Precise dates for the next application round, while not confirmed, are expected to open in July 2017. Check back regularly for updates and make sure you subscribe to our eNews if you have not already done so.

The Reef Trust Repeated Tenders – Wet Tropics & Burdekin is an Australian Government initiative and the latest phase of investment under Reef Trust to improve water quality to the Great Barrier Reef.